In our last blog, we gave you some resources in mask making. I've had a lot of questions, particularly about elastic, nylon, and ties. Elastic is scarce (we are totally out!), nylon can be obtained from old pantyhose (just cut 2" strips horizontally--across the legs and you have perfect loops), or my favorite method--make ties!
Some people were confused by the ties thinking they were a specialty item that we sell--they are not. You can make ties by cutting 2" strips of poplin (they don't need to be cut on the bias) and then either using a bias maker to iron and sew them shut, OR you can just sew the 1.25"-2" strip with right sides together and then flip your new tie right side out and attach. I use the mock bias method with scraps and true bias tape when I have more of a particular coordinating fabric.
If you'd like to take this opportunity to learn how to make real bias tape, you can use this awesome tutorial here by Dana of Made Everyday. Dana also makes my favorite mask pattern. It's very easy and offers GREAT coverage, even for men with large beards!
On another note, if you are looking for a place to donate masks, I have a PICU mama who is requesting masks. She's located in FL and needs a lot for the nurses working that department. Please respond to this email and let me know if you can donate to her! <3
Even 5 masks would help tremendously.
Not too picky about what your masks look like? Check out our End of Bolt section for an extra discount that will be applied by using this link!
Send me some photos of organic masks you are working on so I can feature them!